Tickling ears is big business . . . and business is good.

Portfolio.com is reporting in this article that megachurch ear-tickler Joel Osteen, aka “Reverend Feelgood,” and his wife Victoria (whose new book Love Your Life which is in direct contradiction to Jesus’ command not to love your life) are reportedly taking in $75 million dollars a year through their Lakewood church (not counting his $13 million dollar advance for his latest book). Here’s a quote from the article:

We are a nation stumbling through our worst financial crisis in a generation and our worst housing market in a lifetime. And so we come, seeking gentle salvation, inspiring prayers, steadying words, soothing notions, and calming thoughts that will allow us to become, in Joel Osteen’s words, “victors, not victims.”

And Time.com is reporting that the prosperity “gospel” may have actually contributed to the current economic crisis. Read their article here.

2 thoughts on “Tickling ears is big business . . . and business is good.

  1. I can hear one of my elders, in defense of our church’s vision statement (Our vision is to make a difference in our world by helping people find real life in Jesus Christ.) a d our definition of worship (Life is experiencing God’s presence) by pointing to John 10:10 and asking if Jesus really said that.

    Too much of our official positioning looks and feels like Osteen and I am about weary of contending herein.


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